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How the SR-71 Blackbird came to be based in Britain

It is now half a century since the first visit by a Lockheed SR-71 to UK shores, and the start of a link between Britain and ‘Blackbird’ that came almost to define the height of the Anglo-American bond. But the road to US Air Force SR-71 operations from Mildenhall was not always a smooth one 

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Secret CIA overflights of China using converted Neptunes

The little-known RB-69A was used by the CIA and Republic of China Air Force to mount covert overflights across the mainland of communist China. Dr Kevin Wright explores the career of the USAF type that never was…

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Last operational Belgian Starfighter on display at B&B

At Bilzen, Belgium, 20-odd miles north of Liège, Luc Degens has completed restoration of the last Lockheed F-104G Starfighter to fly with the Belgian Air Force, serial FX99 (c/n 9172).

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The NC-130H Advanced Tactical Laser

The first decade of the 21st century saw a revival of interest in airborne directed energy weapons, including the Advanced Tactical Laser and the Hercules.

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New Lufthansa visitor centre to house L-1649 Starliner and Ju 52

The Lufthansa Group has begun construction of a new conference and visitor centre at Frankfurt Airport, where Junkers Ju 52/3m ‘D-AQUI’/D-CDLH and Lockheed L-1649 Super Star D-ALAN will go on display.

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Bentwaters’ T-33 restored

The Suffolk-based Bentwaters Cold War Museum announced it had finished the restoration of Lockheed T-33A-1-LO Shooting Star, 51-9252 (c/n 580-7036), in April.

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Rare ‘Silver Dragon’ TU-2S sighted

After almost three years of extensive maintenance by the USAF’s 9th Maintenance Group in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, TU-2S Dragon Lady, (80-1078/‘BB’), graced the skies once more.

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RNZAF Orion back together at Wigram

At Wigram, near Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Lockheed P-3K2 Orion, NZ4203, has been reassembled following its 283-mile move by road from RNZAF Base Woodbourne during September 2023.

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Painting progress on Pima projects

The spray booth at the vast Pima Air and Space Museum complex in Arizona has been kept busy recently as several exhibits have been repainted before going on display.

‘Bats’ complete final EC-130H sortie

The USAF’s 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) ‘Bats’ – a part of Air Combat Command’s 55th Electronic Combat Group (ECG) – marked a major milestone in its transition to the new Gulfstream G550-based EA-37B Compass Call electronic attack (EA) aircraft on February 15, when the unit completed its final flight with the legacy EC-130H Compass Call (pictured) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.